Township History Museum invites the public to view the new exhibit, The
Bailly Family and Homestead, at the Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
In 1822, Joseph
Bailly and his family became the first non-native settlers in Porter County.
Bailly established a trading post and homestead here and even platted a town
bearing his name--Baillytown. After his death, Baillyís daughters, their
husbands and children ensured the survival of the homestead and the legacy
of the Bailly family name in Porter County.
The new exhibit,
The Bailly Family and Homestead, captures the history of the Bailly family,
their life in the wilderness, and the decline and restoration of the
homestead. Artifacts include those on loan from the Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore, the Porter County Museum, and the Sisters of Providence at St.
Books from the Howe
daughters are on display as well as a set of decorative ceramic tiles from
the Bailly home, photographs detailing the changes at the homestead from the
late-1800s to today, a fascinating Joseph Bailly comic book, and many more
artifacts from the Bailly family and their Porter County home.
Township History Museum partnered with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
to present this exhibit as part of INDUís 50th Anniversary celebration. The
exhibit will be open through October 2.
The exhibit area
will be open to the public throughout the summer during regular Museum
hours, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., as well as by
information call the Westchester Township History Museum during operating
hours at 219-983-9715.